Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas


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Martha Frances "Fannie" (Praytor) Williams-Almon
Nov 10, 1872 - Aug 18, 1914

In memory of Mrs. T. N. Almon, who died at her home in Purdon, Aug 18, 1914.  She was born in Shelby. Ala., Nov. 10th 1872, and was married to T. N. Almon Dec 4, 1901.   She was the mother of seven children all of whom survive her.  Mrs. Almon was a great sufferer for several months before she died with the dread disease tuberculosis.   She seemed to know and feel almost at the beginning of her sickness, that she would not get well, but while she would have loved to have lived to raise her little ones, she was always submissive to God's will, saying "He doeth all things well".  It was the privilege of the writer to personally know and be associated with Mrs. Almon.   I can therefore, from personal knowledge bear living testimony to her Christian character as a mother, as a wife and as a friend.   Before her health gave way she was always faithful to attend church, get up and testify to God's great love and urge sinners to accept Christ.  We can not understand why God called this good woman from her husband and children.  Yet we know, He makes no mistakes and we can only say to her bereaved ones, live as she has lived and when your time comes you may be able to rejoice in a Saviour's love.  Her pastor, her physician and her friends who administered to her in her suffering can testify to her willingness to go and her great anxiety for all she loved to imitate her example and go with her to a home where there is rest forevermore.  It was an overwhelming sorrow to her loved ones to give her up, yet it was a happy release to her and may we feel that our loss is her unspeakable gain.   We go to her, but she can not come to us.  Mrs. Almon truly was a woman of rare character, one who lived for right, for truth and good.  One to whom the greatest happiness was the endeavor to lead others to a knowledge of the right as she saw it.  Judged by this standard, those whom she has left behind can not but accord her the highest honor and be inspired by her, to try to walk as she did, in the footsteps, of the Master.  Let us fix our hope upon the blessed Saviour by faith, let us give our hearts to Him in love and our lives to His service and then joyfully await the lessed hour when He shall come in His glory or when He shall call us one by one to be with him in glory.  trust on, pray on and in God's own good time you will be reunited in the blest home where partings comes no more.
[written by J. K. (Margaret) Ford]


Richard Webster Johnson
Apr 24, 1868 - Sep 22, 1931


Richard Webster Johnson, age 63, native of Lamar County, Texas, and resident  of Corsicana and Navarro County for more than fifty years died at the home of  his sister, Mrs. W.C. Terry, 1701 West 7th avenue, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and the funeral was held from the Terry residence Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment in Hamilton Cemetery the funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. C. Caraway of the First Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Terry, Corsicana, and Mrs. P.S. Lowe, Chickasha, Okla: a brother C. S. Johnson, Duncan, Okla; four nieces, Mrs. M. Chambliss, Mrs. A.S. Vandiver, Mrs. J.W. Little, and Mrs. W. McCleary, all of Corsicana; and other relatives.  The funeral was conducted by Corley Funeral Home.

Sep 21, 1931


  • This was an article that ran in the paper in Navarro County in 1932. Richard, was a step 2-greatuncle of mind. His was raised in Navarro County after his parents died in Lamar County. He has a couple of nieces still living in  Corsicana at this time. any more information you can contact Arthur Johnson  - added 8/2/1999



Richard Webster Johnson, aged 63 years, native of Lamar county, Texas and a resident of Corsicana and Navarro county for more than fifty years, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. W. C. Terry, 1701 West Seventh avenue, Tuesday, the funeral was held from the Terry residence Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment in the
Hamilton Cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. C. Carraway of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Terry, Corsicana, and Mrs. P. S. Lowe, Chickasha, Okla.; a brother, C. S. Johnson, Okla.; four nieces, Mrs. J. M. Chambless, Mrs. A. S. Vandiver, Mrs. J. W. Little and Mrs. J. W. McCleary all of Corsicana and other relatives.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Sep 23, 1931
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Curtis Johnson & Sarah (Hendricks) Johnson per death certificate (sister-Frankie Jane (Johnson) Lowe-Glass-Terry's death certificate says Kirk Johnson & Sarah (Henderson) Johnson

J. T. Whorton

See obituary for James Tennyson Whorton

Mary Gaines McMullan
Oct 5, 1845 - Nov 25, 1893

Mrs. Mary Gaines McMullan was born Oct. 5th, 1845 and died in Navarro County, Texas November 25th, 1893. She was the daughter of Hiram T. Gaines of Georgia. Such parentage might well foretell a noble offspring; and never was such prophecy more fully justified.   Mrs. McMullan joined the Methodist church in 1858.   In 1866 she   was married to Robert M. McMullan of Macon County, Georgia, with whom she soon after came to Texas.

For the twenty seven following years she was to her husband all he could desire in a life companion. When clouds overspread the skies she was ever ready to sustain him by her unfailing cheerfulness, and when the sunshine came after the clouds it was made the brighter by her dear companionship.
It was the privilege of the writer to know Mrs. McMullan in all the varied states of life, from girlhood to the riper years of mature motherhood, and she was to him everywhere and always the model woman.

Endowed by nature with a disposition that made her dear to all 'who knew her every quality of her character was permeated by the ennobling and refining influence of Christianity.

Patient, gentle, dignified and affectionate to a degree rarely met she made home to mean to her husband and children all that that endearing word expresses.

To the community in which she lived she was so dear that her loss is simply irreparable. Like Rachel, her friends refuse to be comforted because she is not.  Such a life could end only amid the peans of victory.
Her sun could set only as sets the morning star, Which goes not down behind the darkened West, Nor hides obscured amid the tempests of the sky, But melts away into the light of heaven.

T. W. H.
Chatfield, Texas


S. Sgt Jake Fred Kupper, Jr.
Jan 3, 1919 - Dec 16, 1944

S. Sgt Jake F. Kupper    
Passed Away in India on December 16, 1944.  Services held at Central Baptist Church Sat, June 12, 1948 - 2:00 p.m.

Minister Lester Roloff  Interment - Rose Hill Cemetery - Blooming Grove, Texas. Pall Bearers will be furnished by the Blooming Grove Post of American Legion.  


  • 1948; printed funeral obituary from Corley Funeral Home
  • The front has a picture of the American Flag and quotes John 15:13. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends".
  • Military Biography
  • Marker Photo



Funeral rites for S-Sgt. Jake F. Kupper, 25, will be held from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock with burial in Rose Hill cemetery in Blooming Grove. The services will be conducted by Rev. Lester Roloff, Baptist minister.

The Blooming Grove American Legion will have charge of the graveside rites.

Sgt. Kupper was killed Dec. 16, 1944, while "Flying the Hump" between India and China, with the ferry command.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and . Mrs. Jake Kupper. Blooming Grove; a brother, Sgt. Tracy Kupper, Fort Ord, Calif.; two sisters, Misses Annie Lou and Leona Kupper, both of Blooming Grove; a nephew, Kelton Kupper, Purdon, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home directs.



Blooming Grove Boy Has Graduated From Scott Field, Ill.

SCOTT FIELD, Ill., March 9.—(Spl.)—Thoroughly trained in all phases of radio communications, Pvt. Jake F. Kupper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Kupper of Blooming Grove, Texas, has been graduated with the last class at Scott Field, Ill., according to an announcement made today by Col. Wolcott P. Hayes, commandant.

Next step for the new graduate is assignment to another post where he will continue his radio work in the important job of keeping alive the vital plane-to-ground communications.


Kate Crowder
1832 - Jul 9, 1915

The Dawson Herald 1915

Aunt Kate Crowder died July 9, 1915 at age of eighty-three.   She was born Katie Booze in Virginia  (1832 ) and had served as a slave in the family of W H Dawson.   Katie booze married Dick Crowder from North Carolina and they brought tobacco seeds from there, planted them in Texas.    They were farmers.


Little Aline Matthews
May 25, 1909 - Nov 28, 1916

Little Aline, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Matthews, died in the Providence Sanitarium in Waco at 4 o'clock a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28th.   Age 7 years, 6 months, and 3 days.  Funeral service will be held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. T. McKeown, assisted by Revs. J. N. Russell, I. E. Hightower and J. L. Stevenson.  Internment in Dawson cemetery.



West End News.

On Wednesday we had the trial of witnessing the funeral of little Aileen, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Matthews of Dawson. Little Aileen was seven years and six months and three days old. She died on the 28th of November at the sanitarium in Waco and the funeral took place from the Methodist church in Dawson on the 29th at 2:30 p.m. the funeral was conducted by Rev. Joe McCowen of Dawson. Never in my life did I see a large crowd at a funeral and that little casket was just covered and lined with flowers, and never did I see more wet eyes in time of a funeral, while Rev. Mr. McCowen was stating the life and words of the little one who lay suffering for days and weeks. On her own accord she sent the word to Brother McCowen to come to Waco and baptize her and bring several of her little playmates and Sunday School class and Brother McCowen stated in his talk to the bereaved ones and the large crowd present that little Aileen told him several days before she was called to come up higher that she was going to live with Jesus and Brother McCowen asked her didn't she hate to leave papa and mamma. She said that she loved papa and mamma, but she loved God the best. After Brother McCowen made a short and impressive talk, the Presbyterian preacher of Dawson, whose name has slipped my memory just at present, made a touching talk, then Rev. Mr. Hightower concluded the services and made a most impressive talk. Then after reviewing for the last time the body of little Aileen this large crowd followed the remains to the Dawson cemetery and little Aileen was laid to rest until the resurrection day, when she will rise to meet with the angels and Jesus her Savior for all eternity. Now, Papa and Mamma, brothers, sisters and relatives, grieve not for little Aileen, but feel glad that you have a little angel in heaven beckoning for you to come and live with Jesus and rejoice for all eternity. Oh, heartbroken ones, I have had such trials. It seems hard to give up our loved ones, but just think about the obstacles of this world and think about what our Lord said while on earth with us. He said, suffer the little children to come unto me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven; and a little child shall lead them, and it was proven on Wednesday when Brother McCowen told us of the great sermon that little Aileen preached just before Jesus said, Little Aileen, you have suffered enough; come up higher. Such made an impression on hundreds of people. I can say for myself that it did upon me and I will soon be 70 years of age and it encouraged me to be a better man. It was an inspiration that will live for ages. If there is such a man or woman as claims to be an infidel and was present at the funeral and did not believe their doom would have been sealed forever. I have had the honor of knowing Dr. Matthews since he was born and knew his father and mother before he was born, and since 1867, when I first came to Texas, Uncle Harve and all of the Matthews family have all proved to be my friend and I join in with the Doctor and his family in mourning the loss of Little Aileen. But our loss is heaven's gain. In all my life I never attended a funeral that showed more love and sympathy for the dead and living. Why, everybody seemed to be interested and affected. May the good Lord bless the parents and relatives and give them grace to hear their trials and help them to live so when they come to die that they can say they love papa and mamma, but they love Jesus best. So a little child shall lead us, is the prayer of their old friend.

Dec. 3 ----UNCLE JOHN.


Walter Matthews

Dawson Herald

Walter Matthews died at the home of his brother C. S. Matthews of Spring Hill on Friday Morning of last week at 8:12 o'clock after having suffered with cancer several months. Everything within the power of loved ones, physicians and friends to alleviate his suffering and prolong his life was done, but it was known by those familiar with his condition that death would relieve him soon and his passing away was no surprise.   His trouble started early last year and in September it became necessary that his right arm be amputated in a Waco sanitarium, however he had recovered from that.

Uncle Walter, as he was familiarly known, had reached the age of 64 years, 9 months, and 23 days.  He was born in Maury County, Tenn. and came to Texas with his parents when he was about nine years of age.  They settled at Spring Hill and Uncle Walter had continued to make that his home until death, with the exception of a few years in Dawson with another brother, Dr. H. L. Matthews.  At about four years of age Uncle Walter had a severe rising in his head, affecting his hearing and speech, with he never fully recovered.  Disregarding this affliction, however, he was always cheerful, seeing only the bright side of life, and never failed to meet his fellowman with a smile and cordial greeting.  Early in life he professed religion and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and truly lived a Christian life.  Whenever possible, regardless of his bad hearing, it was his keen delight to attend church.   He is survived by two brothers, C. S. Matthews, with whom he made his home, and Theo Matthews of Trinidad.

The funeral service was held at Spring Hill cemetery Saturday afternoon at 2:30   o'clock, conducted by Revs. B. T. Tyree and J. T. McKeown.  The large attendance at the funeral attested the high esteem in which this good man was held.


Dr. Harvey Lee Matthews
Nov 19, 1864 - Feb 8, 1924

A death which was a great shock to our community and this entire vicinity was that of Dr. H. L. Matthews, which occurred Friday, February 8, at 1:15 p.m.  The sad news of his death was made more starling, due to the fact that he was side less than twelve hours and wherever the news was received it left a feeling of profound sadness, for he was a man who possessed the friendship of every body.   Dr. Matthews had reached the age of fifty nine years, two months, and twenty days and had practiced medicine here thirty-six years.

Dr. Matthews death was caused by a brain trouble, he having been troubled with it some two or three years.  However he was apparently in good health Thursday night and had made a call in the country, arriving home about three o'clock Friday morning when he fell in his yard and crawled into the house.  He was put to bed and about five o'clock entered into a deep sleep, the end coming at the above mentioned time.

It is difficult to command words to pay a fitting tribute to such a noble man as was Dr. Matthews.  It was the writers good fortune to know him long and well, and we, as well as all others, only know him to esteem him more highly as the years passed by and today we all truly miss his smile, his friendly greeting and genial presence.

Dr. Matthews was a true member of  the Cumberland Presbyterian church, was an everyday Christian and his life's work was given to suffering humanity, and as his life was a blessing and benediction to all with whom he came in contact, so is his death a public misfortune, as well an irreparable loss to the home circle made desolate by his departure.   To man, woman or child, saint or sinner, he always extended a cordial greeting that lent a ray of light to brighten their pathway in the journey of life, for it was only natural with him to scatter flowers in the pathway of his fellowman.   But his gone and in his passing away it can truly be said that it is only the slipping of the earthly body, for the memory...the memory of a God fearing, Christian man who always claimed his God as his co-worker...will linger until death in the minds of those who knew him well.  May God's purest angels guard his slumber.

The funeral service was held at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Sunday afternoon at three o'clock, conducted by Revs. F. P. Arterburn and J. T. McKeown.  Fully one hour before the time for the funeral the house was filled to capacity, mostly by people who had come from a distance, and it is stated that there were only about one fourth of the large crowd that were able to hear the service.  After the service the body was laid to rest in the Dawson cemetery, by the Masonic Lodge, of which order he was a faithful member.

Dr. Matthews is survived by his wife and eight children, three daughters and five sons, as follows:  Mrs. Fred Davidson, Mrs. W. R. Pierce of Wichita, Kansas, and Dixie Lee; Fred Virgil; Carl of Corsicana; Leo and Windol.  Also three brothers, Charles and Walter of this place and Theo of Corsicana.


Through the Hearld we wish to thank our many friends for their kindness shown  us during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father, Dr. H. L. Matthews.   Especially do we than Drs. Worsham and Barnes for faithfulness, also those who sent the beautiful flowers.  May God's richest blessing rest upon you all is our prayer.
Mrs. H. L. Matthews and Children



Prominent Physician Buried

The remains of Dr. H. L. Matthews, who died at his home in Dawson last Friday night, were buried in the Dawson cemetery yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The funeral took place from the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Rev. Arteburn, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. T. J. McKeown. The services were largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings After the church services the Masons took charge and concluded the services at the grave. All who knew the deceased mourn the death of one of the county's best citizens, and sympathize deeply with his bereaved family.



Prominent Physician Dead.

Dr. H. L. Matthews, aged 65 years, and for many years one of the county's best known physicians, died at his home in Dallas late yesterday afternoon after a short illness. The deceased is survived by his widow and eight children.

Dr. Matthews was not only prominent as a physician, but was a much loved and highly esteemed citizen, and his death has cast a pall of gloom over the community in which he had spent the greater part of a useful and unselfish life.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Feb 9, 1924
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
    • 1st wife Jennie (Follis) Matthews buried in Spring Hill cemetery 2nd wife Mattie Bell (Dempsey) Matthews buried in Spring Hill Cemetery 3rd wife Ida Dixie (Fields) Matthews
      s/o Joseph Calvin Matthews and Margaret Adney “Maggie” (Sims) Matthews

Robert & Fannie Hancock

Glenn, William E.
Family Bible Information, submitted by Sandy Clardy - SANDYC315@aol

Robert Alexander Hancock b 03-18-1854 in Jackson, Aiken Co. S.C. d.
01-12-1897 in Kerens, Navarro Co. Texas
Fannie Glenn Hancock b.10-08-1856 in Texas d.05-04-1899 Kerens, TX

William E. Glenn b. 04-11-1821 in Ga. d. 01-07-1883 in Kerens, TX

Nannie A.(Huff) Suttle
Dec 4, 1854 - Apr 24, 1891

Nannie A. Suttles departed this life April 24, 1891, at her home in Frost, at 2 o-clock p.m., after a long and painful illness of four weeks of typhoid fever.  Sister Suttles was one of our most amiable, upright ladies and a most devoted and consecrated Christian, faithful to the church of which she was a member, and always ready to sympathize with the needy and lend a helping hand to the distressed, and also to speak words of comfort to the sorrowing, and words of warning to those who were in the road to death and ruin.  Here we are made to wonder, how these things can be for the glory of God and our good.  Nevertheless they are and the good book tells us that God [tear]orks everything works together for[tear]ed to them that love him, and the[tear]e for our own good.  Now let us that believe take warning and he has fit[tear]ared to go as she was, that our [tear] may be like hers.  She die[tear]e triumphs of a God given faith, fearing no evil as she crossed the river of death, from this word of sorrow and death to one that is free from care. I was with her before the last moments came and conversed with her freely about her future prospects and happiness and I never witnessed a greater victory in death in all my life.  She was conscious to the very last and willing to go, only she regretted to leave her children and husband and other friends, for she had many. To hear her last words would make a Christian love their Savior and rejoice that they had a hope beyond the grave.  Her last words was: "Bro Conway, good bye, I am on the sea shore and they are as white as snow."  She raised her hands and said, "Thank the Lord the work is done," and closed her eyes to all earthly things and fell asleep in Jesus, and passed over the river into glory without a struggle, where she now sings among the redeemed around the throne of God.  We are sad to part with thee sister, for we miss the; oh, I feel the loss I sustain.  Sister Suttles was born in Perry County, Ala., Dec. 4, 1854, and professed faith in Christ in her sixteenth year, and united with the Pisgah Baptist church and was baptized by Rev. I. U. Wilkes; was married to J. S. Suttles Dec. 19, 1876, came to Texas in 1882, and settled in Navarro County.  She was under my pastorate over two years before she died, and never knew a more devoted Christian.  She leaves a sorrow stricken husband and two bright girls, Norma and Hellen, they will never know the care and prayers of a mother any more, also an aged mother and a number of other relatives and a large circle of friends to morn her loss.  To them we commend to God and to the word of his grace and now sister we say: Rest loved one in the silent tomb [tear] Where once thy Redeemer lay; [tear] shall restore thy youthful [tear] bloom [tear] bring forth beauty from [tear]e clay.


  • Nannie A. Suttle, d. 1891 in Frost.  Maiden name, Huff.  Paper unknown.  Clipping found in her husband's (my great-great grandfater) bible.  Submitted by Major John E. Suttle.  added 1/30/2000
  • Frost Cemetery, Frost, Navarro Co., TX

David Frazier Spivey, Jr.
Sep 16, 1893 -
Feb 10, 1907

1907 - Obituary probably from The Frost Newspaper

D. F., son of Mr. and Mrs. Fraisure Spivey, died about 11 o'clock Sunday night after a short illness.  He died from lockjaw and it is believed by the physician that lockjaw was produced from vaccination, the vaccine being impure or poison. Dr. Ellis vaccinated him about four weeks previous to his death and it was thought he was getting along very well. He kept going to ......(torn), but early last week,  (rest is torn)


  • This is of special interest to me because this was the best friend of my uncle, Carl Grimes, who contracted smallpox while showing some prize chickens in Corsicana at a Fair.   He died Jan 7, 1907.   It was due to Carl's having smallpox that D. F. Spivey had to be vaccinated.  ...Virginia
  • D. F. Spivey is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery at Blooming Grove.
  • Date of Death:  Feb 10 1907
  • Posted by Virginia Crilley

John McGee Fortson
Dec 11, 1909 - Jun 9, 1912

Rice Rustler-  Friday, June 14, 1912

Little John McGee Fortson Succumbs
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Fortson's Baby Boy Died Sunday Evening After Suffering Great Pain

John McGee, the little two and one half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Fortson died at their home at 7:30 o'clock Sunday evening after an illness of about one week.

Everything that was possible for human hands to do was done to prolong his little life, but to no avail. He steadily grew worse until the end came and death relieved his suffering.

The news of his death spread over town as if on wings of the wind and left sorrow wherever it touched and brought many expressions of heart-felt sympathy for the bereaved ones.

Impressive funeral services were held at the residence by Rev. Riley at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon. Many of the friends and relatives of the sorrowing family were present and as they looked upon the sweet, placid little body in its white casket and surrounded by beautiful and fragrant flowers – yet no more beautiful and pure than the little face within – their hearts swelled with sympathy for the bereaved father and mother. The remains were interred in the Rice cemetery at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Fortson have the profound sympathy of the entire town and community.


Jennie (Fergus) Hightower
(1870 - 1898)

A Sad Occurence
A Woman Burned to Death by the Explosion of a Can of Oil

Drane, TX April 13, 1898

A very sad death occurred by the explosion of coal oil yesterday about one and one half miles east of Drane.  Mrs. Monroe Hightower attempted to kindle a fire in the stove by pouring out out of a five gallon can, the oil exploded and she was burned to death. She suffered no pain and was conscious up to almost the moment of her death. The house and contents except a few clothing were destroyed. The deceased leaves a husband and four children, the youngest being only about one year old.

The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved ones. The remains will be interred at the Frost cemetery.


A.  Jefferson Williams
Feb 29, 1847 -

The Blooming Grove Rustler Sept 14, 1916

A. J. Williams (better known as Uncle Jeff) died July 24, 1916. To all appearances as near a painless death as mortals have when the soul leaves the body.

Mr. Williams was born in Floriday, Washington County, Feb 29, 1847, was a soldier of the Civil War for two years. Had an honorable discharge at Houston, Texas, 1865.

Came home and married Miss Owens. Two children were born to them. He lost his children when they were young.
Domestic trouble came over his home. The dark clouds of sorrow and death came near destroying his reason, and life itself wasn't worth living (his words).

Mr. Williams was a good Christian man. His faith would take no denial "Christ to him was a shadow of a great rock in a weary land". From this Baptism of fire, he came out more than conqueror. Had many years of prosperous living.

His clean life and honest effort, was a bright and shining light to the unsaved. His earthly work was well done. No slaverly faith was his.

I have heard him say to my husband (D. B. Hartzell for whome he worked so many years) I will quit and go at something else, when he felt he had not making good his work.

His last day he suffered pain. He did not trouble people very much with his ills. His relatives knew he was a sick man. His last hours were spent in a testimonial meeting. His greatest theme was to exhort people "to prepare to meet thy God."

Last fall he spent a few days at old Dresden. He said to Mr. Fultz, "When I go out of this world it will be like blowing out a lamp.". His wish was verified.

Mr. Williams worked the cemetery 10 years (some say longer) at Dresden. He laid off a plot of ground, and placed a neat stone on it, to mark the spot where his body was to rest.

The funeral was truly the grandest I have ever witnessed in old Dresden in over sixty years. The modern automobile, not a hearse nor a wagon or horse in the procession.

The good neighbors and friends of Emhouse, a nice company, came to pay their last respects to a good man, a Christian gentleman.

One who knew him forty years. Mrs. M.E. Hartzell Fultz


Julia A. Payne

The Blooming Grove Rustler Oct 27, 1918 (Friday)

Mrs. Julia A. Payne died at Ennis Saturday and remains were brought here and interred at Dresden cemetery. The deceased formerly lived in this community and is remembered as being a woman of exemplary character and the mother of a family of splendid boys and girls.


Ransom Vandiver
Feb 23, 1906 - May 23, 1917

The Blooming Grove Rustler May 31, 1917

Ransom Vandiver

The remains of little Ransom Vandiver were laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery Thursday afternoon, May 24. The funeral services were held at the one and conducted by Rev. W. Z. Corbin, a close friend of the family. The service was very sweet and consoling and the singing was soft and musical, giving one a glimpse of the grand chorus by the angelic hosts as this little soul was received in Heaven.

After the funeral the hearse was followed to the cemetery and a very large crowd witnessed the lowering of the casket and at last the little mound covered with wreaths and flowers. The entire service and burial went off without a bobble.

The little fellow was eleven years old, was one of the twins and had always been the healthier of the two. He was regular at Sunday School, an obedient and studious, apt student in the public school, easy controlled in the home and a bright little fellow whom everybody admired.

It was mighty sad to see a little fellow like this taken so early from the active walks of life and away from the possibilities which he was heir to. He was just coming into the age of realization and his little soul was just beginning to shed its sweet light and make its ambitions felt.

This noble little fellow's heart was tender and had never been tarnished or smitten or wounded by the touch of a cold world. Every thing to him was pure and just and the Heavenly Father has taken his little soul to the glory land. He cannot come back to us but we can got to him and this is a comfort beyond measure.


Thomas Wynne Blair
June 28, 1858 - Aug 16, 1915

The Blooming Grove Rustler - Aug 19, 1915 (Thursday)

Mr. Blair is Dead

Mr. Tom Blair passed away Monday. He had been sick a long time and disease had made thin his frame and worn low his strength. It was a long and tedious spell and the patient bore well his suffering. He was patient and perfectly resigned. He knew the character of the ailment and knew that death only would end its inroads upon his body. He was ready to go, for he loved and feared and obeyed the Lord who reigns on high. His faith was unshaken and the greatest comfort he had to buoy him up in all his trials and pain was the assurance of an eternal resting place in Heaven.

The remains were laid away in Dresden Cemetery.



A Former Resident Here Dies In Blooming Grove

Thomas W. Blair for many years a resident of Corsicana, died in Blooming Grove at 1 o'clock this afternoon after a long illness.

The deceased was 60 years of age and is survived by his wife and three grown children, Peola Blair of Corsicana, Mrs. Finis Crutchfleld of Henrietta and Mrs. Taylor Nichols of Nacogdoches.

Interment will take place in Blooming Grove tomorrow.



A Former Resident Here Dies In Blooming Grove.
Thomas W. Blair. for many years a resident of Corsicana, died in Blooming Grove at 1 o'clock this afternoon after a long illness.
The deceased was 60 years of age and is survived by his wife and three grown children, Peola Blair of Corsicana, Mrs. Finis Crutchfield of Henrietta and Mrs. Taylor Michols of Nacogdoches.
Interment will take place in Blooming Grove tomorrow.


Frederick Lee Barham
Nov 8, 1865 - Nov 5, 1914

The Blooming Grove Rustler - Nov 12, 1914

Fred L. Barham

Fred Barham died Thursday of last week after a brief illness with appendicitis. Specialists from Dallas came for an operation, but after consulting with local physician it was decided that an operation would not save him.

Fred Barham was one of the best citizens in this entire community. Born and raised here, he grew up with the country and everybody knew him and admired him for his excellent qualities. He was a prosperous farmer, a loving husband, patient and kind father, member of the Christian Church. He was comparatively you, being 49 years old, a useful, strong-minded man whose heart went out for the unfortunate and down-trodden.

The deceased was an all-round splendid citizen and his place in church and society will be hard to fill, and the excellent record left behind may serve as a guide to others coming on.

The funeral services were held at Rose Hill Cemetery, Friday at 2 pm by Elder Crane and a large concourse of friends were present. The services were very solemn and the tribute was very appropriate.


  • Posted by Virginia Crilley

  • Barham Family Biography

  • The Blooming Grove Rustler - Nov 12, 1914
    He was actually born in Maury Co TN the son of Freeman Jackson Barham and Charlotte Temple (Moses) Barham. He was the husband of Sarah Elizabeth Langston Barham .... Dana Stubbs

Corsicana, Texas, Nov. 6. - Fred Barham of Blooming Grove died last night after a short illness. The body was buried at the Blooming Grove Cemetery this afternoon at 4 o'clock.


Milton "Mit" Melton
Jan 4, 1887 - Oct 19, 1918

The Blooming Grove Rustler Oct 27, 1918 (Friday)

Died Near Pinkston

Mit Melton, aged 32 years, son of County Tax Assessor Jno H. Melton, died at his home near Pinston at 9 o'clock Saturday night of pneumonia. The deceased is survived by his wife and two children, his father and four brothers. The remains were buried in the Dresden cemetery Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock and the funeral was largely attended. The deceased was an intelligent, industrious young farmer and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held at the home by Rev. Aldrige and concluded at the grave by the Masonic lodge of Barry.



Milton E. "Mit" Melton

Died Near Pinkston.

Mit Melton, aged 32 years, son of County Tax Assessor John H. Melton, died at his home near Pinkston at 9 o'clock Saturday night of pneumonia. The deceased is survived by his wife and two children, his father and four brothers. The remains were buried in the Dresden cemetery yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, and the funeral was largely attended. The deceased was an intelligent industrious and prosperous young farmer, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the home by Rev. Mr. Aldridge and concluded at the Grave by the Masonic lodge of Barry. A number of Corsicana Masons attended the funeral.


James "Jim" Crouch
Dec 28, 1880 - Oct 22, 1918

The Blooming Grove Rustler Oct 27, 1918 (Friday)

Jim Crouch

Jim Crouch died Sunday night at the family home near Cryer Creek. Deceased was 37 years old and leaves a mother and several brothers to mourn his loss. He succumbed to a case of the dreaded malady, influenze. The funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon by Rev. W. Z. Corbin at the Cryer Creek cemetery.



Three Deaths at the Grove.
James Crouch, aged 37, who died near Blooming Grove was buried there Tuesday.
Mrs. Dishough, wife of a gin man at the Grove died there Wednesday of pneumonia. Her husband and three children survive her.
Luther Ingram. aged 25 years, and a son of W. G. C. Ingram, a Blooming Grove merchant, died on his farm near the Grove Wednesday. Besides his parents and other relatives, a wife
and three small children survive.



Died Near Blooming Grove

James Crouch, aged thirty-four years, died on the Wade Smith farm near Blooming Grove yesterday morning and the remains were interred at Blooming Grove yesterday. The deceased is survived by his widowed mother and one brother.


Charles Walter Ashford

The Blooming Grove Rustler Oct 27, 1918 (Friday)

Walter Ashford died Sunday night at his father's home near Dresden, and the remains were laid to rest Monday afternoon at Dresden, Rev. W. Z. Corbin conducting the service. Deceased was 21 years old. He leaves a father and one brother and sister.


Luther Ingram
Jan 13, 1894 - Oct 23, 1918

The Blooming Grove Rustler Oct 27, 1918 (Friday)

Luther Ingram

Luther Ingram, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. C. Ingram, died at his home in the suburbs of Blooming Grove, at an early hour Wednesday morning, a victim of Spanish influenza with complications.

He was born in Arkansas in January 1894, but has lived the greater part of his life in the vicinity of Blooming Grove. Some years ago he professed religion and united with the Methodist church. He is survived by his wife and a baby boy, his father and mother, two brothers and a sister, his oldest brothre, Lieut. Oscar Ingram, being in France.

The funeral services were held at the residence at 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. C. N. Morton of the Methodist church and his remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The Rustler extends condolence to the bereaved family.


Frances Elane (Fore) Dishough
Nov 1879 - Oct 22, 1918

The Blooming Grove Rustler Oct 27, 1918 (Friday)

Mrs. N. P. Dishough

Mrs. N. P. Dishough died Tuesday afternoon at the family residence of pneumonia. She was 38 years old and had been a member of the Baptist church for 20 years. She leaves to mourn her death, a husband, 3 children, a mother and father and one sister. One of the saddest facts of this death was that she leaves a four month old babe.

A little one who will never know the joy of a mother's love and tender care. The remains were laid to rest Wednesday afternoon at the Rose Hill cemetery. Rev. W.Z. Corbin conducted the funeral services. The Rustler extends sympathy to the bereaved family.


  • Posted by Virginia Crilley

  • This  may be Frances Elane Dishough, shows died Oct 2, 1918, 38 yrs of age. Father was J. W. Ford, Mother Mary Hendrich.  Also saw obituary for Nathaniel Perdue Dishough, d. Oct 31, 1918, Father was Jacob Dishough, Mother was Zulphy Ann (Gibbs) Dishough.  We can not find a marker for them at Rose Hill.  Please forward any information on this person to  Diane Richards.


Three Deaths at the Grove.
James Crouch, aged 37, who died near Blooming Grove was buried there Tuesday.
Mrs. Dishough, wife of a gin man at the Grove died there Wednesday of pneumonia. Her husband and three children survive her.
Luther Ingram. aged 25 years, and a son of W. G. C. Ingram, a Blooming Grove merchant, died on his farm near the Grove Wednesday. Besides his parents and other relatives, a wife
and three small children survive.


Hattie Lillian (Treadway) Spires
Oct 29, 1883 - Oct 21, 1918

The Blooming Grove Rustler Oct 27, 1918 (Friday)

Mrs. J. T. Spires

The community was shocked Tuesday to hear of the death of Mrs. J.T. Spires, which occurred at Trinidad, Colo. Intimate friends hearing from the family knew that her general health was greatly improved and she was getting along nicely and when the news of her death came none were prepared to receive and belive it. The body came in and interment took place yesterday at Rose Hill Cemetery, there being a large concourse of friends and relatives at the grave to say "farewell".

Mrs. Spires was Miss Hattie Treadway before she married. After her marriage to J. T. Spires some years ago the happy couple resided at Frost awhile, then moved to Blooming Grove. In course of events sorrow came into their home and a little fellow sleeps beneath the blossoming flowers in the Frost cemetery and two have well marked mounds at Rose Hill, this city. The mother showed signs of failing health and the latter part of last December the family packed up and hid away to the salubrious climate of Trinidad, Colo. The change brought the flush of health back to her cheek and they felt they were more than blessed for the sacrifice in moving away to a strange place.

Mrs. Spires was about 35 years old, a member of the Baptist church and a woman who lived her religion every day of her life. She was a modest,
unassuming, sweet souled woman. She is survived by her husband and two children, Miss Hazel aged about 13 and a little girl less than two years of



Died in Colorado.

Mrs. Tom Spires of Blooming Grove and who has been in Colorado for some months for her health, died in Colorado Monday, and the remains were interred at Blooming Grove yesterday. The deceased was thirty-five years old and is survived by her husband and two little daughters.


Mrs. Mary Jane Wright
About 1877 - Nov 16, 1950

Mrs. Mary Jane Wright, 72, widow of L. S. Wright , died at the home of her son Glover Wright at Richland Thursday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Friday at 2:00 p. m. from the First Baptist Church in Richland. Burial was in the St. Elmo cemetery. The rights were conducted by Rev. J. M. Cloud.

Surviving are three sons: Glover of Richland, Grover of Dallas and J. T. of Falfurrias; great grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were; H. T. Green, Milton Brown, Douglas Tidwell, Joe Miller Tidwell, James Glass, Jake Barker and F. E. Withrow Jr.
Corley directed


Robert Edward Roney
Nov 29, 1869 - Mar 7, 1939

Mr. R. E. Roney died Tuesday, March 5, 1939 at 4:15 o'clock. He was with his daughter Mrs. E. L. Tidwell, of Richland.  Mr. Roney had been sick for quite a while. He was 69 years of age.  Surviving are three daughters and two sons to mourn his passing. The wife preceded in death some 21 years ago.  His daughters: Mrs. E. L. Tidwell, Mrs. Hattie Murray of Richland, Mrs J. O. Waters of Oak Grove, La. and his sons: Clyde of Winkler and Walker of Paducah.


  • Submitted by Juanita Waters
  • Saint Elmo Cemetery, Winkler, Freestone Co., TX

Richard Hightower 
Jul 9, 1866 - Oct 27, 1897

One of our most worthy citizens passes away

Richard Hightower, one of our most worthy citizens, died at his residence near this city Wednesday night, Oct 27th [1897]of typhoid fever after a protracted illness.

Mr. Hightower was among the pioneer citizens of this community [Frost], and a man whose reputation as an honest and upright citizen was without spot or blemish.

For years past he had been one of the most familiar figures of his neighborhood in every movement looking to the betterment of those about him and the up building of all the better elements, socially and morally, and the cultivation of that brotherly love so essential to earthly happiness and prosperity.

He was a member in good standing of the Odd Fellows and was buried by that order, a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends following the remainst to their last resting place in city cemetery [Frost].

To the stricken wife and mother, the News extends its kindest sympathy, and would remind her that "earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal".


  • Posted by Virginia Crilley

  • Richard was born July 9, 1866 in Navarro County - the son of Raleigh and Aletha Jane Thompson Hightower. He died Oct 27, 1897. He married Connie Percival (Feb 3, 1868-Jan 15, 1947) who married ?  Blankenship after Richard's death. I have no information about any children.
  • Tombstone in Cemetery
    Richard Hightower
    July 9, 1866 - Oct 27, 1897
  • Wife was Connie Percival who later married ----- Blankenship.
  • Richard was the son of Roll and Aletha Jane Hightower.
    His sisters were: Aletha Ellen, Sallie (died in 1881), Lydia who married Frederick Miller Grimes III, R.Ben, William A
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